I must begin with an apology, I know this blog post is late - a bout of Bronchitis has knocked me a bit over the last few weeks - in some ways it made the challenge easier, in other ways, much harder. I'll explain more later on in this post. For me, the whole point … Continue reading No spend February – did I succeed and what did I learn?
Happy St David's day. I'm part Welsh and grew up with my grandma making Welsh cakes on her Welsh stone which belonged to her mother. I now have the honour of looking after the Welsh stone and make a point of making Welsh cakes every March 1st. This year I'm poorly so I can't but … Continue reading Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus! – Mwyhewch picau ar y maen… my Welsh cake recipe
The biggest challenge of my no spend February was always going to be the half term holiday. As a teacher and a mum, this is an opportunity to get some much needed R&R and although we don't ever do big days out (a day at a local zoo would cost us nearly £100 which is … Continue reading No spend February… Even in half term?!
Every month I say "I need to have an easy month money wise." and every month, without fail, something crops up. Something we "need", something the kids "need", something we need to do, something breaks.... you get the idea. So I decided that I would try a "no spend" month, having seen a few people … Continue reading Thrifty Biscuits – my no spend February challenge
It's cold and grey outside. The urge to hibernate is strong. I, like a lot of people, find this time of year tough. Call it Seasonal Affective Disorder, call it the January Blues, the grey days and poor weather mean I struggle to stay awake let alone get motivated. One thing I decided to do … Continue reading Meal planning for 2018
Anyone who has followed me on Instagram for a while knows I'm a little bit fanatical about supporting small and local businesses where I can.For me, shopping with small businesses is about putting some real thought into gifts and supporting the economy while helping small businesses - usually run by just one person - grow. … Continue reading Keep it local this Christmas
My two have always loved doing crafts. A couple of years ago I had pneumonia. I was poorly for about 4 months and had ALLLLLLL the mum guilt about not being able to do things with the children. As I began to feel better, I started to set up simple activities for them to come … Continue reading Saturday afternoon inspiration – crafts with kids
A while ago, someone asked me to do a blog post about my Instagram. At the time, it seemed a strange request but I have been thinking about it whilst wandering in the blogging wilderness and more and more it seemed like a good way to get back into blogsphere. Instagram for me has been … Continue reading My Insta-adventure
Well after a summer off I'm back to the meal planning! Thanks to all those who asked about it. This week is nothing massively inspirational. It's about avoiding the 4pm brain freeze about what to cook and a bit about stocking up the freezer and generally making life easier as the chaos of school routine … Continue reading Meal planning with Laura: first week back
I can't remember when it was that I first decided I'd love a camper van. Living by the sea you often see them about and the idea of packing up and escaping, waking up somewhere new, outside, preferably by a beach or a lake is hugely exciting to me. I've talked before about how we … Continue reading You can’t buy happiness… But you can hire a camper van.